Notes from Meeting with ACTA Negotiators

On June 28, 2010, at 7:30pm Swiss time, a group of civil society representatives met with 21 ACTA negotiators. The negotiators included representatives from the Switzerland, France, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Mexico, Japan, U.S., Morocco, Canada and Korea. It was agreed that, reflecting civil society's objectives to represent and report back to the broader public, this meeting would be on the record.

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Examples of Vague Language in the 2010 Special 301 Report Relating to Access to Medicines

Many of the objections to other countries' intellectual property laws and practices included by USTR in the 2010 Special 301 Report are described in vague passages. For instance, data protection is often described as "inadequate" without an accompanying statement of what type of protection is available. This blog posting contains examples of such vague language regarding polices that may affect access to medicines.

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Text of Urgent ACTA Communique - English

This statement reflects the conclusions reached at a meeting of over 90 academics, practitioners and public interest organizations from six continents gathered at a conference on international intellectual property enforcement at American University Washington College of Law, June 16-18, 2010. Over 700 organizations and individuals have endorsed the document, which was officially released on June 23. Additional endorsements are welcome.

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Civil Society Holds Meeting on ACTA

Today I gave the following presentation ACTA and access to medicines at a workshop hosted by Knowledge Ecology International in Geneva, Switzerland. The civil society workshop falls on the first day of the ACTA negotiations taking place this week in Lucerne, Switzerland. My slides are here: http://wcl.amerian.edu/pijip/go/flynn06282010 For information on the workshop: http://keionline.org/acta-Geneva-workshop

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Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication

PIJIP, American University’s Center for Social Media, and the International Communication Association (ICA) have prepared a Code of Best Practices for Scholarly Research in Communication, which was released at the ICA conference in Singapore June 22, 2010. Professors Jaszi and Aufederheide worked with communications scholars to identify four situations that represent the current consensus within the community about acceptable practices for fair use of copyrighted materials.

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ACTA Communiqué Organized by PIJIP Warns Against Threats to Numerous Public Interests

Over 650 European Parliamentarians, civil society organizations, academics, practitioners and individuals have signed an ACTA Communiqué authored at a meeting of over 90 international intellectual property experts held last week at American University Washington College of Law. The Communiqué warns that ACTA will threaten numerous public interests, including every concern specifically disclaimed by negotiators.

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Preliminary Comparison of the Consolidated ACTA Text and China's IP Law

Although China is a main target of the anti-counterfeiting agenda, it has not been invited to the ACTA negotiations. ACTA negotiating partners have deliberately opted for a plurilateral approach to circumvent possible opposition from developing countries such as China, Brazil and India. However, the long term aim of ACTA is to establish new global norms for IPR enforcement. Developing countries will face great pressure to adhere to them.

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ACTA Communique: Spanish

Esta declaración refleja las conclusiones alcanzadas en el encuentro de más de 90 académicos, abogados y organizaciones de interés público de los seis continentes reunidos en American University Washington College of Law, del 16 al 18 de June de 2010. El encuentro fue convocado por el Programa sobre Información, Justicia y Propiedad Intelectual de American University para analizar el texto oficial del Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), publicado por primera vez en Abril del 2010.

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ACTA Communique: French

Ce brouillon de la déclaration reflète les conclusions atteintes à une réunion de plus de 90 universitaires, des praticiens et des organisations d'intérêt publiques de cinq continents rassemblés à l'Université américaine de Washington (école de de Droit), le 16-18 juin 2010. Les jours après la réunion(rencontre), la déclaration a reçu les soutiens individuels et organisationnels inscrits ci-dessous et est toujours ouverte pour de nouvelles signatures à www.pijip.org (email: acta.declaration@gmail.com).

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Meeting to Bring Together Academics and Advocates to Discuss Public Interest Impacts of Controversial Intellectual Property Treaty

Over 80 academics and advocates from 5 continents will be gathering at American University Washington College of Law on June 17 and 18 to deliberate over public interest concerns with a controversial intellectual property treaty being negotiated in secret. The meeting will be taking place 10 days before the launch of the next round of negotiations of the secretly negotiated Anticounterfeiting Trade Agreement in Lucerne, Switzerland.

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